The ice was thick and black with little patches of snow stuck to it here and there.

Have you ever heard the ice making “booming” or splitting sounds? I guess it’s caused by uneven pressure and temperature, but sometimes it can be very loud and spooky.

Once I had my Boy Scout troop on an overnight on Lake Minnetonka. The ice was thick and black with little patches of snow stuck to it here and there. We went out at night and played a furious game of tag.

One of the other dads was with me, and the ice was “blooming” and splitting right underneath our feet. He had never heard this before and he was terrified. I had quite a time convincing him that there was nothing to worry about.


About the writer

D. Duncan is from Minneapolis and lived in Minnetonka for many years. Now in his nineties, he has owned property in northern Minnesota for nearly sixty years, where the lake ice often booms.